Cover for a chair seat

Crewelwork embroidery

second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


40 x 45.5 cm (15 3/4 x 17 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen twill (fustian), wool embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Chair seat of cotton and linen twill (fustian) embroidered with wool (crewelwork) in stag and rabbit seated on rolling hills at bottom in green, yellow, and blue bands with leaves, strawberries, and flowers; large peacock standing on flowering stump on left and fruited tree with large rose on right; small red bird and pink butterfly in upper right; most of design in New England laid stitch or Roumanian couching with thinner lines in satin and stem/outline stitch; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-610; cotton weft is vertical and linen warp is horizontal because textile was rotated 90 degrees before embroidering


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet